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Heritage House offers insight into history

Brent Calver/OWW The Okotoks Museum and Archives will be hosting two exhibits

Brent Calver/OWW
The Okotoks Museum and Archives will be hosting two exhibits

The Okotoks Heritage House, built in 1904, was moved to its current location west of The Station in July 2000 when the highway through town was widened. It is now home to the Town of Okotoks Museum and Archives.

The museum will host a variety of temporary exhibits through the year highlighting the history of the town of Okotoks and the surrounding area and their role in history.

Continuing its run until Aug. 31 is Just Wait Five Minutes… or 15,000 Years. It examines the weather’s impact on Okotoks and its people — including a thorough explanation on chinooks any actor could understand.

A look at some of the lost but not forgotten businesses will be featured in the Lost Okotoks exhibit. Some of those businesses from the early 1900s include millineries, creameries, liveries, flourmills and others. It runs from May 7 to Oct. 29. The exhibit Okotoks and World War One is shining a light on the role Okotoks residents played during the “Great War” in a four-year run August 2014 to November 2018.

Dovetailing with that exhibit is Alberta and the Great War, which is on display until June 30.

A deliciously scary dinner will be offered on Aug. 19 for a Cultural Ghostly Night Out.

The evening begins with a delicious three-course meal at Okotoks’ charming European restaurant Bistro 1882. Following the dinner, the museum will offer a hair-raising edition of its famed ghost walk.

Other exhibits in 2016 include Voices from the Engraver, a look at the technical skill and the sheer artistry that underlies every series of Canadian stamps and bank notes from concept to final product. It runs from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30.

A Heritage Christmas, a look at the old-time holiday season, will run Nov. 18-23.

The museum is home to a number of programs for youth and adults. The Adventures @OMA club is a unique way for children to learn about history up close.

The Okotoks Heritage House is located at 49 North Railway Street.

Admission is free. Starting on the May long-weekend, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and stat holidays. Outside the summer season, hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday.

Caption: Okotoks and World War I is one of the several exhibits at the Okotoks Museum and Archives this summer.


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